As International Women’s Day approaches, Mahira Khan weighs in on the deeply divisive slogan “Mera Jism Meri Marzi.”
On Mira Sethi’s talk show, Hello!, I had the opportunity to chat with her. The Raees actor Mira Sethi explained the confused slogan that ignited uproar across the country last year, thanks to notorious writer Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar.
The actress from Humsafar explained why she marches every year with other women to demand basic human rights.
“It’s important for me to march every year because I have a strong voice. I make it a point to remind everyone at the Aurat March that this is what I believe in. It doesn’t help me, but it’s important for the women here, so I’ll stand up for them,” she explained.
“No one will approach them and ask them to clarify their slogans and chants, however the media will. So I’d like to take advantage of my two minutes to clarify and inform on behalf of those women,” she continued.
“When I say ‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi,’ I don’t think I want to strip off my clothes and run around naked!” Mahira explained, trying to clear up the several misinterpreted interpretations of the term that are rife throughout the nation.
“I mean to say that I am a human being, and this is my body, so it is entirely up to me whether or not I allow you to look at it or touch it. It means that if you don’t comply, I’ll have to report you. It means that if you threaten me, I will take legal action against you because you have no control over MY body,” she clarified.
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